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Re: [Rabbits] not sure where to ask....

  • FromBrian Campbell <lambda@xxxxxxx>
  • DateTue, 17 Oct 2006 17:15:45 -0400
This list is a fine place to ask these questions, but the Icehouse list is even better, since it's dedicated to everything about Icehouse, which includes Martian Chess, Treehouse, and tons more games.

On Oct 17, 2006, at 4:47 PM, Kimberly Terrill wrote:

Hi Everyone.

My 10 yr old son watched a game of Martian Chess at Origins. He REALLY wants to play this game. I want to get it for him for christmas. I was looking online and it appears the 3House book with the rules is no longer available.

Actually, the 3House book is coming soon; it hasn't been published yet, but should be ready pretty soon.

I did find instructions online. http://www.wunderland.com/icehouse/ MartianChess.html

are the rules good enough for us to use? Can we get one of those cool specialty martian chess boards? I couldn't find it at looneylabs.com.

Yes, the online rules should be good enough to use. Also, if you'd like, you can buy "Playing with Pyramids", which has rules for 12 Icehouse games. If your son likes Martian Chess, he may like some of the other games.

I don't believe the cool specialty chess boards are available for sale. There are plans to make a roll up board that is 3-sided on one side, and 5-sided on the other (you can supply your own 2 or 4-sided regular chess boards), and I think at one point Eeyore produced some of the cool modular ones, but like many things in the world of Icehouse, it's a do-it-yourself kind of thing for now.

You can find the information you need to make your own board segments here:

And it said color doesn't matter. So I can buy tubes of all 1 color for this game, correct? (my little boy is obsessed with the color yellow, I thought I could get him a tube of all yellow)

Yep, that would be fine for Martian Chess. If your son was interested in other Icehouse games, the Red, Yellow, Green, and Blue colors are the most common colors that are referred to specifically in the rules of various games. But for Martian Chess, all yellow should be fine.